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FIRST RIDE: 2011 YAMAHA NYTRO RTX


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By: Staff Report

Monday, January 17, 2011

This 130-hp 4-stroke triple is a rocket and makes some of the nicest exhaust sounds you'll ever hear from a snowmobile.

Power is abundant and its wide torque curve makes this engine very strong down low, right where you need grunt for trail riding.

The Nytro chassis is a bit of a love-hate platform and jumping from a rider-forward 2-stroke onto the Nytro takes some adjustment as the sled feels a bit top heavy and its weight distribution is biased to the front.

Fox Float X dual clicker air shocks are used up front and a big 46mm clicker-adjustable gas KYB shock is used on the rear arm.

This sled uses a more conventional (compared to the Apex and Vector) dual shock skid with torsion springs at the rear.

We're not in love with the front air shocks and actually prefer a more conventional coilover setup for trail riding. The airs are adjustable though and with some tweaking you can get better compliance from them. No complaints with the back end.

The Nytro really needs a ski transplant as its darting issues continue to prevail. First thing you should do is switch up the carbides to a dual runner system.

We think trail riding consumers would be much happier with the lower priced base FX Nytro - less bells and whistles but a more trail-happy suspension.

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